Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Brae Wyckoff's The Orb of Truth Blog Tour

Today we welcome Brae Wyckoff to our blog as he talks about some of the worlds that we live in. 


How many worlds do we live in?
I asked myself the above question the other day when I realized that each part of my life and endeavors seems to be in its own world.
Let me explain. Take your immediate family for example. No one knows them better than you and when people come in contact with you and them it is like they are visiting a new world because you have your own thoughts and your own ways of doing things. Don’t you find yourself explaining why you or your family does something a certain way?
Now, take anything you want and it applies.
I will focus on a few worlds that I live in. Facebook is its own by far due to the many nuances. I can safely judge who knows what they are doing on FB and those who don’t know what the heck is going on. Some are stalkers and never post a thing or comment or like, but when you bump into them they know everything about you. Some like everything and comment on everything and really have no etiquette when they post comments or don’t understand that others are reading what they said as well. Some people have 10 friends and they are bombarded with posts from maybe one or two and get tired of seeing The Orb of Truth being advertised on their wall. (Yeah, that is my book and I’m just posting updates since I have over 3K friends, sorry about that)
Let’s take this a step further or deeper into FB world. Some are pros and live within the events or groups that are established. If you don’t know what an event or group looks like then all I can say is be careful in there. You are in a realm all of its own when you enter these areas. Each has their own rules and target audience so make sure you find out what they are all about before you start posting. I’ve learned the hard way, but quickly adapted to the flora and fauna of the locale. The event pages are crazy. When you join the page and you don’t turn off the notifications then you get bombarded with hundreds of emails (once the event starts taking off anyway) from each person posting. The catch is you won’t know what is happening if you have your notifications turned off so you need to mark your calendar or something to remember to check in and see what's going on. You can win some amazing prizes in these events.
Let’s jump to another world…blogging. Wow, I have never seen so many bloggers until I became an author. I am in the throws of a month tour in April being blogged about each day from different people. Some are spotlighting my book, others are interviewing me with questions, and people are interviewing my characters within my book, which is completely crazy fun.  This guest post is part of my blog tour actually and I hope you are enjoying my thoughts of discovering new worlds. I had to learn what each blogger wanted and understand this universe. I’m still learning the ropes actually and I guess we will all continue to learn new things within each world we gravitate to. Life is about learning so it is no different.
Just pick anything you like and within it there is an entire world whether it be sports, movies, books, clothes, magazines, authors, singers, reality tv, dungeons and dragons, bugs, cars, dogs, cats, paper or plastic, and the list goes on and on.
Each time we visit these worlds we either become more comfortable with it or tolerate it or just run and flee it. It just depends on you and how far you want to delve into the land you happened upon.

In the hundreds of years since the Holy City disappeared, darkness has fallen over the land. Human kingdoms have seized control of the realm, scattering the other races into hiding.
Bridazak, a skilled thief, and his friends, a Dwarf and a fellow Ordakian, have dared to remain within the human communities and live relatively quiet lives, until they discover a mysterious, magical artifact. The three friends are thrust into an adventure that will challenge their faith, their purpose, and their destiny as they chase a forgotten and lost prophecy across the realm of Ruauck-El, where they hope to discover the origins of the strange item and their place in its history.
An ancient, unknown enemy threatens the completion of their journey at every turn. Bridazak is about to face the biggest adventure of his life, one that may change the known realm, and answer the questions he has carried all his life. Will they unlock the truth?


The Orb of Truth was an interesting read.  I don't often venture forth into the realm of Fantasy, simply because I often times get lost and confused.  Fantasy tends to be heavy on details, from the locations to the people, as more often than not the entire world in which the story takes place is completely fabricated.  This time, I wasn't as confused.  The map included help to some extent, but the fact that there weren't ten million locations mentioned throughout the book helped tremendously.  For once, I have found a Fantasy novel that doesn't have me confused and lost from page one.
I was enraptured from page one.  Mr. Wyckoff has an astounding ability to pull you into a story full of detail without overwhelming you.  I found the characters endearing and believable, especially those of Bridazak, Dulgin, and Spilf.  The author makes the characters so endearing that I nearly cried when one was lost in battle. (And no, I am not going to tell you which one!)
While the story does remind me slightly of The Hobbit by Tolkien, there is still so much originality within the pages of this book, that there were times where I wondered, "Tolkien, who?"  This book was a fantastic read, and I am not going to delve into the plot as I think that you should read this adventure and fantasy for yourself.  This is one of those novels where you need to go into it with your mind open, and not clouded by the words of others.  
I enjoyed it and will be waiting patiently for the next book in the series, as I truly do believe that the next will be just as good, if not better, than the first.  So, take a chance and check out The Orb of Truth today!  Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Brae Wyckoff was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is working toward a Psychology degree. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, for 20 years, and they have three children; Tommy, Michelle, and Brittany. He has a beautiful grandson named Avery. Brae has been an avid gamer since 1985. His passion for mysterious realms and the supernatural inspired him to write The Orb of Truth, the first in a series of fantasy action adventures. Brae describes The Orb of Truth as a cross between the Lord of the Rings and the Wizard of OZ where you will be swept away into a magical land of Dwarves, Elves, and Halflings.

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